Sign Health

SignHealth’s activities and services are designed to provide specialist, accessible support for vulnerable Deaf people, many of whom have multiple and complex needs, including other disabilities and mental health issues. The Pilgrim Trust has agreed to fund the Young DeafHope project which offers support to vulnerable Deaf young people who are victims of domestic abuse and violence

SignHealth established a service for victims of domestic abuse in 2010.  Young DeafHope , the only service of its kind, offers specialist support to vulnerable deaf women and girls across London and the South East and is delivered by Deaf professionals in British Sign Language (BSL). Trained Deaf Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVA) provide crisis support to deaf victims and their families and community outreach to help the women and young people re-build their lives.

The project also delivers a range of specially tailored interactive workshops including ones focussing on healthy relationships, cyber bullying, sexting and forced marriage in deaf schools and youth groups. The Pilgrim Trust funding will go towards the cost of employing a Young DeafHope worker over three years. This will enable the worker to gain valuable experience in offering support to the deaf women and girls who access the service.

Image provided with kind permission of Sign Health